Present at OLC Innovate 2022
From sharing research to demonstrating new innovations in teaching, advancing online, blended, and digital education begins with you. The deadline to submit is 11:59pm ET September 29, 2021.
From sharing research to demonstrating new innovations in teaching, advancing online, blended, and digital education begins with you. The deadline to submit is 11:59pm ET September 29, 2021.
Now is the time to share your innovative ideas with your global network of colleagues, your community, and those who inspire and seek inspiration.
The Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT are accepting presentation proposals for the OLC Innovate 2022 conference (Virtual: March 28 – April 1, 2022 and Dallas, TX: April 11 – 14, 2022).
We’re looking for proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology, or applied effective online, blended, and digital teaching and learning practices.
To help you with the submission process, we’ve put together a series of documents to help you prepare your presentation proposal:
Please review the track titles, descriptions, and example topics to find where your ideas, research, demonstrations, or conversations might fit best within the program! Please note that all submissions to the tracks listed below must have at least one academically-affiliated presenter listed.
Surfacing effective practices for strategically integrating face-to-face and online environments in support of student success.
Submissions to this track should focus on blended course/program models and design(s), with an emphasis on research-based best practices, effectiveness, efficiencies, innovation, and scalability. Topics in this track might include:
Designing workforce development and career pathways with technologies, services, and online opportunities that are experiential, connected to career success, and supportive of lifetime learning.
Proposals for this track should focus on innovations in pedagogy, curriculum, technology, learning assessments and certifications, and collaborations with industries and professional organizations that increase the number of learners becoming successfully employed. Proposals from community colleges, career and technical training institutions, and organizations supporting workforce development through the use of online and digital education are encouraged. Some ideas to get you started:
Highlighting the emerging and innovative gadgets and gizmos that support pedagogical innovation in the digital and online learning spaces of higher education.
Proposals for this track focus on emerging and innovative tools that can create new possibilities and pathways for online teaching and digital learning. This track is especially for conference participants to share fresh perspectives on the use of tech tools to support both learning outcomes and student engagement, to explain the results of related media studies, and to describe inventive instructional approaches for all learners. Some potential topics could include:
Spotlighting the spaces and groups that foster strategic visioning and change work within online, blended, and digital learning./p>
Proposals for this track should focus on structural innovations and collaborations required amongst leaders and allies within online and digital education. What are some initiatives, strategies, or implementation plans your institution is using to move the needle? Some ideas to get you started include:
Driving the creation and sustainability of open learning spaces (physical or digital; MOOCs), open scholarship, open access, open pedagogy, open research, and open educational resources.
Proposals for this track should focus on the creation and integration of open (created, shared, and accessible) educational resources. In addition to open textbooks, we welcome submissions on open online courses, open resources for facilitating classroom experiences, and open pedagogy to give students a voice in the negotiation of their learning. Examples that qualify for this track include, but are not limited to:
Spotlighting the cyclical nature of defining and defeating obstacles to innovation in digital and online learning. What do you recognize as a problem at your institution and how does that problem manifest in other areas of education? Are the processes or practices that you have implemented that you feel address this problem in a particularly useful, novel or interesting way?
Proposals for this track focus on identifying challenges inhibiting innovation in online and digital learning environments, detailing processes that solve those challenges, and highlighting practices that make those solutions sustainable. Proposals should address the process of planning innovations, implementing them, and/or assessing their effectiveness. Some ideas to get you started include:
Showcasing formal research and in-progress studies in the scholarship of online teaching and learning.
This track is reserved for presentations that showcase data, analysis, and outcomes on the scholarship of online teaching and learning with technology and that expand the role of research in online learning. Share your research journey and aim to bridge the gap between your results and real world application. Consider the best ways to communicate your work with other researchers, educators, and practitioners in online digital learning. Your findings help demonstrate how innovation and research drive change and improvement are a necessary partnership in online education today’s world of online and digital learning. Some potential topics could include:
Creating effective approaches to practices for online teaching and digital learning with technology including active learning, game design, and more.
Proposals for this track should focus on models or methods for online teaching and digital learning in online, blended, or technology-enhanced courses and programs. We welcome sessions that address any aspect of pedagogical practice, learning design, collaborative curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Examples that qualify for this track include, but are not limited to:
Different topics need different presentation affordances! This list describes our session types, their key features, and what you can expect from them either as a presenter or an attendee. As you craft your proposal, explore which option works best for you and your audience.
Attendees should expect to listen to lecture-like material before having group discussion during Education Sessions.
Education Sessions provide an opportunity for presenters to share their work, innovations, or new opportunities to the OLC community. The presenters are responsible for driving the conversation and encouraging deep thinking about a topic, sharing practical applications of their work, or providing new and varying perspectives. There are two primary formats for this session type: presentations and panel sessions. Although these are more traditional formats, the presenters/panelists should strive to make the sessions as engaging as possible through polls, audience discussions, and other forms of interaction.
Note: With education sessions, there is a strong preference for proposals that include unique strategies for engaging the audience.
Attendees should expect to be actively involved in discussions and activities during Conversations, Not Presentations. This means participating in question and answer sessions, potential group work, and interactive activities.
These 45-minute facilitated Conversation, Not Presentations should propose an issue, challenge, or idea pertinent to the track description to discuss with participants. This session type should be highly interactive, with discussion, activities, and participant engagement. Presenters organize the conversation around a few key points to facilitate discussion, and the audience explores the topic you present or even helps solve the dilemma or otherwise contribute to meeting the challenge. Your proposal should include the conversation topic and engaging questions for discussion.
Note: These presentations will be “slide-free” or single-slide proposals. Be sure to make a plan for assistive technology or accommodations for folks that rely on slide decks (handouts, interactive activities, conversations, etc.). The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is available to provide support if needed. Email email@example.com if you would like to request assistance from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
Attendees should expect to watch and interact asynchronously during this Discovery Session in PlayPosit.
Discovery Sessions will be either fully virtual or onsite presentations that allow presenters to share their work, ideas, and innovations through the use of an interactive video-based tool to a virtual audience. These sessions allow for a greater exchange of ideas and facilitate new points of connections through in-depth asynchronous conversations about topics important to the OLC community. The best Discovery Sessions are those anchored around a specific provocation through storytelling and can move forward existing works in progress, research ideas, collaboration opportunities, best practices and practical applications, or pilot projects.
Through this format, Discovery Session presenters have the capacity to sustain audience engagement and dialogue well beyond the conference, as well as direct the audience to new or additional content that is otherwise beyond the scope of the unique session. PlayPosit’s interactive elements afford presenters the space to ask follow-up questions, incorporate discussion spaces, poll the audience, and more, marking these sessions as uniquely not sit-and-get, but rather strategically designed for asynchronous engagement.
Note: Each presenter will prepare a digital presentation through video, uploads, and added interactions using PlayPosit. Each accepted presenter will register for the conference in the modality they are electing to present their discovery session – either onsite or virtual. Due to their pre-prepared nature, presenters have the time, space, and support to refine and revise their discovery sessions prior to the start of the conference.
Attendees should expect to be actively involved during Innovation Studio Design Thinking Challenges. This means participating in question and answer sessions, potential group work, and interactive activities.
These 45 minute design thinking challenges take place in an active learning space. Proposals should explore a specific challenge, pedagogical strategy, technological tool, research method, industry innovation, or leadership approach for participants to learn more about, experiment with, and implement immediately at all skill levels. Innovation Studio Design Thinking Challenges should be comprised of the following segments:
Proposals for an Innovation Studio session should address the following questions:
Attendees should expect to be actively involved during Workshops. This means participating in question and answer sessions, potential group work, possible project completion, and interactive activities.
Proposals for this session type should be interactive, 90-minute workshops designed to engage a group of participants in an activity related to one of the conference tracks. Non-traditional, cutting-edge interactive workshops that are forward thinking are desired. Example topics for Workshops may relate to innovations in design thinking, makerspaces, conducting educational research in online and digital learning, designing experiential online activities and labs, removing barriers to online learning, and other related topics of interest aligned with this year’s tracks.
Workshops should be designed with 2-4 meaningful and measurable participant learning outcomes (LOs) with opportunities explicitly outlined by the presenters showcasing collaborative and/or interactive group activities that will be used during the session to achieve stated learning goals.
Proposals for workshops should clearly address the following questions for reviewers:
Presenters must provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or whole or small group discussion within the course of the workshop and must describe how this element will be used to best engage participants. Elements of the workshop may be flipped to extend the amount of time participants can engage with the workshop content. Sessions that offer the opportunity to earn a credential, badge, or certificate are encouraged.
Workshops are offered free to all participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that computers are not provided for this or any session at OLC Innovate; therefore, all sessions are designated at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his/her own laptop/device and must specify in advance what device and/or software requirements (i.e., mobile device or laptop required for participation, required apps for full participation) are expected of participants attending the workshop. The program committee reserves the right to change a workshop’s proposed presentation type if another is deemed more appropriate for engagement and participation given its content.
Competition for workshop slots is highly competitive at Innovate 2022. Please understand that you may be considered for an alternative format session instead of a workshop at the program committee’s discretion.
Attendees should expect to be moderately involved in discussion in career forum roundtables. This means that there is likely to be some active conversation in these sessions, and potentially some small group work.
Proposals for a 45 minute roundtable discussion should address the following questions:
Attendees should expect to watch and interact asynchronously during this Discovery session in PlayPosit.
Proposals may include works in progress or completed research results. Discovery Sessions provide an excellent opportunity to present your ideas to your peers in a community forum.
We seek submissions by students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within one year) from a Graduate (Master or Doctoral) program whose research is relevant to online teaching and learning. The proposal submission must follow the guidelines of the OLC Innovate 2022 conference sessions. Those presenting as a graduate student through this CFP process will receive a discounted registration rate of $175 for virtual attendance or $300 for onsite attendance.
Note: Each presenter will prepare a digital presentation through video, uploads, and added interactions using PlayPosit. Each accepted presenter will register as a virtual attendee. If you are an onsite presenter, you can also present a Discovery Session in the virtual- to- virtual modality. Due to their pre-prepared nature, presenters have the time, space, and support to refine and revise their discovery sessions prior to the start of the conference.
Step 1: Login or create an OLC user account. You need to be logged in to your OLC user account in order to submit a proposal. Once you have logged in to your OLC user account, select “Conference Profile” from the left-hand sidebar menu. You will be directed to the OLC Conference Management System to submit your proposal and update your conference profile.
Step 2: Ask co-presenters ensure their OLC conference profile is complete. All additional co-presenters also need to have OLC conference user accounts and should be added to the proposal at the time of submission. Please keep in mind that once you have registered or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the OLC Innovate 2022 website.
Step 3: Navigate to the OLC conference management system. Once you are logged in to your OLC user account, proceed to the conference management system, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Innovate 2022” in the top menu navigation within the OLC conference management system.
Step 4: Select the Correct Conference. Select “OLC Innovate 2022 > Submit Proposal” to begin. Please note that you will need to be logged in to see the “Submit Proposal” button. If you do not see this button, please log into your OLC user account to begin.
Step 5: Submit Your Proposal. Fill out the submission form. You may find our proposal planning template useful as you plan and gather your proposal information.
Step 6: Fill out/Update Your OLC Conference Profile. When submitting, please include as much information as possible in your OLC conference profile. Include your biography, a profile picture, and your most current contact information. (*Note: Your conference profile is housed in the conference management system and is separate from your OLC user profile at this time.)
Step 7: Click “Save” to submit the submission form. Clicking save submits your proposal. Note: You may edit your proposal up until the submission deadline, after which all submissions are considered final.
For more detailed information about the conference, please visit the OLC Innovate 2022 webpage. The pages under the Program and Engagement tabs will be updated regularly as information becomes available. If you have any questions that are not addressed on the website, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions are sent notification emails, regardless of acceptance status. Notifications are sent to all presenters listed on each submission. Please be sure to add the @onlinelearning-c.org domain to your accepted emails filters to ensure you receive these messages. If you do not receive a notification email by November 17, 2021, please contact us at email@example.com.
Yes, absolutely! We are always looking for session reviewers, session chairs, OLC engagement crew members, and more. Contact Jessica.Knott@onlinelearning-c.org to discuss volunteer opportunities with OLC conferences!
Yes. All OLC conference proposals are double-blind reviewed by a network of experts in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. This is why we ask that you not include identifiable information such as names and institutions within your submission, to maintain the integrity of the blind review process. We also ask you to complete your conference profiles so that we can match everything up, and get everything coordinated and where it needs to be!
Presentations are evaluated using five major categories:
Yes, all accepted presenters must register for the OLC Innovate conference. Pricing information will be made available on the OLC Innovate 2022 webpage.
Best-in-Track awards are selected by conference attendees, and calculated based on attendee feedback. Each presentation offers attendees the opportunity to provide feedback to speakers. From these responses, we calculate the best-in-track winners from the CFP-accepted, non-sponsored sessions. By putting the Best-in-Track award selections in the hands of attendees, we aim to give you, our community, a larger voice in letting us know what you appreciate and find valuable in regard to programming.